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sourdough loaves in Philly or Main Line?

dmd Dec 8, 2009 09:41 AM

Currently, I drive all the way from Bryn Mawr to the Downingtown Wegmans to get good sourdough bread loaves.

Surely, someone's baking them in the city somewhere?

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    Bigley9 RE: dmd Dec 8, 2009 09:47 AM

    Metropolitan Bakery (Reading Terminal/Rittenhouse), Le Bus, Artisian Boulangerie (12th and passyunk)

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      Chefmonty RE: Bigley9 Dec 9, 2009 06:00 AM

      I hope I don't catch too much grief for this, but I like the sourdough bread at Panera's

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        phillyjazz RE: Chefmonty Dec 9, 2009 08:44 AM

        Nothing wrong with Panera. Don't be afraid of self-proclaimed "food snobs" who diss any place that has more than one location. Bread is not rocket science, and you don't need a 200 year old brick oven to bake a fine loaf.

        Let the poseurs give you grief. If you like something, go ahead and say it !

        1. re: phillyjazz
          Chinon00 RE: phillyjazz Dec 9, 2009 11:01 PM

          I'm not coming down on Panera, but as Mason said to Dixon, you gotta draw the line somewhere. What if he/she were to have suggested a place with "more than one location" like a supermarket? I bought some "artisanal" bread from Pathmark once and go it home. It was as soft on the outside as it was on the inside. Moreover I left it out over more than an entire weekend and it never firmed up. What kind if preservatives are being used here?
          So it may not take rocket science to make bread but it surely can and does get screwed up; and a lot IMO.


          1. re: Chinon00
            phillyjazz RE: Chinon00 Dec 10, 2009 05:24 AM

            If someone were to recommend PathMark (who does not specialize in bread as Panera does) then a reasonable person might politely take that advice with a grain of salt.

            I was merely suggesting that no one need feel embarrassed "I hope I don't catch too much grief for this" for suggesting a purveyor whose wares they enjoy, which the original poster obviously did.

    2. Chinon00 RE: dmd Dec 9, 2009 10:15 PM

      Baker Street Bread Company
      8009 Germantown Avenue
      Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia), PA 19118

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        rachel b RE: dmd Dec 11, 2009 12:39 PM

        Four Worlds Bakery in W. Philly makes AMAZING sourdough (and many other) breads to order using grains freshly-milled on site. You order in advance and he bakes your bread and delivers it to your selected pick-up site on the designated day. I pick up on Fridays in Horsham but there are numerous pick-up sites/days in various sections of town.

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          Carole RE: rachel b Dec 12, 2009 07:44 AM

          Strongly second this recommenation. Four Worlds Bakery bread is great.

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          JanR RE: dmd Dec 12, 2009 09:31 AM

          While not loaves, I think the sourdough ficelle and sourdough rolls at trader joe's are excellent.

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